Car Crash Causes Family To Move Out Of Home

Franque Thompson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA (KPTM)- A Council Bluffs family is suddenly homeless, after a car crashes through their house. It happened around 4:30 Sunday morning near 2nd Avenue and Service Road B.

"4:30 in the morning and I was just getting ready to go to bed and heard a loud crash obviously," said Troy Ross, who lives in the home.

Ross said the crash nearly went straight through his home. Police said the driver, 26-year-old Ryan Seefus of Kennard, Neb., was driving a Nissan when he crossed the intersection at 2nd Avenue and Service Road B without stopping.

There was a metal barricade in Ross' front yard, about 12 feet long and a couple hundred pounds in weight. It was connected to three wooden posts. Ross said the driver hit the barricade so hard it flew up in the air and hit the top of his house.

"Didn't know what to think exactly when it first happened, you know? It just felt like a mini earthquake," said Ross.

The crash shifted the house six inches off of its foundation. Ross said because of that, officials have deemed his home unlivable.

"Now I've got to find somewhere to move and I'm in the process of moving stuff out of the house now and it's just a real nightmare," said Ross, "This one's unfixable."

Police said two jaws of life were used to get Seefus out of the Nissan. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Ross and his family were not hurt in the crash. The American Red Cross gave Ross and his family a free motel stay for a couple days. Ross said he has no idea where they will go once the motel stay is over.

Any donations to help the family relocate to a new home will be accepted at the Little King sandwich shop in the Mall of the Bluffs.

Police said investigators are looking into the cause of the crash.